Tropical Storm Matthew Moving Closer To Florida

Tropical Storm Matthew
Tropical Storm Matthew (Photo: National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida)

MIAMI, Florida – Tropical Storm Matthew is located about 200 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico as it moves west at 13 mph. The system will eventually turn north this weekend in the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Matthew has Florida residents worried about a direct hit if or when the storm becomes a hurricane in the Atlantic.

Early computer models show that the storm will pass Florida later next week as it heads north, according to NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami. Forecasters are calling for a lot of rain this weekend on the east coast.

The storm system has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, according to a U.S. Air Force Reserve aircraft that’s being used as a Hurricane Hunter.

Forecasters say that the storm will strengthen over the next 48 hours. Matthew is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane by Thursday night.

Florida residents should still take this storm seriously and to watch for updates.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.